Palm Beach County prepares for possible effects of Hurricane Matthew

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Palm Beach County Emergency Management is aggressively monitoring Hurricane Matthew.  The next 24-36 hours will be critical; they cannot rule out hurricane impacts should the forecast of Hurricane Matthew continue to move west and place our county in a watch or warning area, therefore Palm Beach County will consider protective actions such as:
• evacuation orders for those residing in manufactured homes,
determination of sheltering options
determination of levels of service
People with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our website www.readypbc.org.
 
If conditions should worsen, look for either a Hurricane Watch or Warning to be issued for Palm Beach County.
If a HURRICANE WATCH is issued, it means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. The hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. This watch should trigger your family’s disaster plan, and protective measures should be initiated especially those actions that require extra time such as securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc.
 
If a HURRICANE WARNING is issued, it means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area. The hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. Once this warning has been issued, your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.
 
For continuing information on Matthew, and for more information on the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and hurricane preparedness, please visit: www.pbcgov.com/dem, follow us on Twitter @PBCDEM and watch PBC-TV Channel 20.  Also download our free mobile app “PBC DART” to stay informed on pre-storm preparation information.

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